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Matrox Announces PRO Pack for RT2500 and RT2000

Productivity package adds high-end features for $99 (September 13, 2001)
Matrox Video Products Group today announced "PRO Pack" for the Matrox RT2500 and RT2000 real time video editing platforms. PRO Pack includes a number of the productivity features most requested by users, such as a WYSIWYG plug-in for Adobe After Effects, Matrox MediaExport for batch encoding web streaming files, new realtime blur and mask effects, and more customizability of 3D effects.

"With PRO Pack, we are migrating some of the new professional features from our DigiSuite product line down to our RT products," said Spiro Plagakis, Matrox vice president of sales and marketing. "Users benefit from a whole set of important productivity tools at a very affordable price."


Priced at $99 US in North America, PRO Pack is currently scheduled for shipment in November. It will be available through Matrox authorized resellers worldwide and through the Matrox web store for North America only. As a time-limited special offer, PRO Pack will be bundled with RT2500 at no charge until December 31, 2001. Current owners of RT2500, who made their purchase after August 1, 2001, are entitled to a free copy.

Matrox RT2500 PRO Pack Features
The WYSIWYG plug-in lets users see their work directly on a broadcast video monitor from within Adobe After Effects so they can ensure proper 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio in NTSC or PAL and check for exact color temperature, safe-title area, and any interlaced artifacts that may be present in their images.

The Matrox MediaExport application speeds up web video creation by providing hardware-assisted simultaneous batch encoding of Windows Media and RealMedia streaming formats with multiple resolutions, bit rates, and frame rates.

The Matrox blur effect lets users simulate camera defocus or create unique fader effects in real time. Graphic clips can be attenuated with a specific color during a blur to create a subtle halo effect. The blur intensity is keyframeable so it can be adjusted over time. Clips that are blurred can also be positioned, rotated, or sized in any dimension and cropped simultaneously.

With the new Matrox mask effect, any 8-bit gradient TGA image can be used to create a cutout shape that's textured with video. The mask, combined with the realtime DVE engine, can be used to create stunning effects such as colored spotlights, soft-edged frames, or flying video logos in real time. A realtime shadow that can be positioned anywhere in 3D space can also be applied to the mask.

More keyframeable settings give users a new level of creative freedom when working with the extensive array of 2D and 3D effects available in the RT2500/RT2000 effects library.

About Matrox RT2500
Matrox RT2500 is a low-cost real time editing platform designed for corporate communicators, event videographers, and hobbyists. It includes all the tools needed to easily capture analog and digital video from a variety of sources, edit projects in real time with broadcast-quality titles and 3D effects, then deliver to tape, DVD, CD, and the Web. For more information visit matrox.com/video.

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